Virat Kohli’s Birthday Century Equals Sachin’s Record in Epic Win
A golden tribute to Virat Kohli as he equals Sachin’s ODI century record on his birthday. Read the full story of India’s epic win at Eden Gardens.
Snehasish Ganguly, the President of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), marked India’s cricket sensation Virat Kohli’s birthday with a special gesture. On this memorable occasion, Ganguly presented Kohli with a gold-plated cricket bat. This heartfelt tribute was given as Kohli celebrated his birthday with an outstanding batting performance against South Africa at the iconic Eden Gardens.
During the match, Kohli played a splendid inning, remaining unbeaten with a remarkable score of 101. This outstanding achievement equaled the legendary Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 49 centuries, a milestone in the history of One Day International (ODI) cricket.
The bat presented by the CAB president bore the inscription “Happy Birthday Virat” and a touching message that read, “You are a symbol of dedication and a living proof that age is just a number,” as per the statement released by the CAB.
The celebration didn’t stop there, as a colossal cake was specially crafted to honor Kohli’s birthday. The cake featured a likeness of Virat Kohli atop a dark chocolate base with blue icing.
Kohli’s remarkable batting performance on his birthday secured his 49th ODI century in just 277 innings, a significant achievement in fewer innings compared to Tendulkar’s 451.
In the ongoing 2023 World Cup, Kohli has made a significant impact, accumulating two centuries and four half-centuries in the eight league games played so far. He stands as the second-highest run-scorer in the tournament, trailing behind South Africa’s Quinton de Kock, amassing 543 runs with an impressive average of 108.60 and a strike rate of 88.29. Notably, this is the first time Kohli has scored over 500 runs in an ODI World Cup.
Kohli’s century played a pivotal role in India’s dominating performance, helping them set a formidable total of 326 runs in their allotted 50 overs. In response, South Africa struggled and was bowled out for a mere 83 runs, resulting in a resounding 243-run victory for India.